Just yesterday, we discussed the federal government’s intrusive and mischievous Open Payments website, where payments for consulting and similar services provided by doctors to pharmaceutical and medical-device makers are publicized.
If the people really demand this information, then I recommended that government payments be included at the same website. After all, if people suspect that companies paying experts for their services is inherently corrupt, then they should have the same suspicion of government payments.
The relevant industries, represented by their trade associations (PhRMA, AdvaMed, and BIO) have bought into the Sunshine Law which created the Open Payments database. However, the flawed roll out of the website led even them publicly to express “concern” with the database.